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Windows 7: media centre tv in the UK

08 Mar 2010   #1

windows 7
 
 
media centre tv in the UK

The tv access via media centre appears to be confined to Sky TV which requires a payment.Is this correct.?

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10 Mar 2010   #2

windows 7 home premium 64-bit
 
 

Yes you need to have sky already or you can pay for an online version,but if you dont have it and have a very close friend or family member that does use there logon details and password
and youll be able to use it-think you can have three pcs linked to a sky account.
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11 Mar 2010   #3

Win 8.1 Ultimate and Home Premium x64 bit
 
 

Jamesyf,
You can watch Freeview in media center if your PC has a tuner installed. If your PC has not got 1 there are lots of USB tuners around.
Paul
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11 Mar 2010   #4

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there

Freeview in the UK works fine with a USB tuner -- I'm currently on contract in the UK (Manchester).

However Daytime TV isn't very good unless you like watching such "Classics" as "Wife Swap USA". -- Day Time TV the world over is probably rubbish.

The BBC channels and Sky News are OK of course.

Media center works fine with Hauppage USB TV tuners - for example 900-HVR --this also has a Composite input so you need the WINTV application supplied -- you can "Video send" a composite signal from a SKY box to a receiver and plug the composite input into the USB device.

That's my ONLY complaint with Media Center -- it doesn't have an AV input unless you get some type of weird remote --which seems a bit pointless if you are on the computer anyway.

The Media center TV guide is pretty good too.

Enc pic.

Cheers
jimbo


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12 Mar 2010   #5

windows 7
 
 

Thanks Guys for the help!!!!
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12 Mar 2010   #6

64-Bit W7 Ult_sp1
 
 

this is pretty neat:
TunerFree MCE
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12 Mar 2010   #7

Win 8.1 Ultimate and Home Premium x64 bit
 
 

Jamesyf,
I've got an Hauppage USB TV tuner and Avermedia HD USB TV tuner and both work great. The HD 1 is wow, in fact just ordered another 1 for my grandson.
paul
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13 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BugMeister View Post
this is pretty neat:
TunerFree MCE
In a similar vein, I can also recommend TVCatchup via the plugin.
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